Rocket – Senators: Hanging On For A Win | GAME RECAP

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Laval Rocket vs Belleville Senators Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Post-Game Interviews, Rocket Sports Media

FINAL | Game 27, Away Game 14 | Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Canadian Tire Center, Ottawa, ON

ROCKET

Laval

5-4

SENATORS

Belleville

Rocket Lineup

Forward lines

Joseph Blandisi – Ryan Poehling – Joel Teasdale

Yannick Veilleux – Jordan Weal – Jesse Ylonen

Michael Pezzetta – Jan Mysak – Rafael Harvey-Pinard

Laurent Dauphin – Lukas Vejdemo – Alex Belzile

Defense pairings

Corey Schueneman – Josh Brook

Tobie Paquette-Bisson – Otto Leskinen

Jacob LeGuerrier – Gustav Olofsson

Goaltenders

Michael McNiven – Vasily Demchenko

Scratches

Nathanael Halbert, Terrance Amorosa, Tristan Pomerleau, Liam Hawel, Brandon Baddock, Arsen Khisamutdinov, Cameron Hillis, Jake Lucchini

Injuries

Cale Fleury (undisclosed)

Game Report

Game Report written by Chris G

The Rocket travelled to Ottawa on Wednesday to visit the Senators in the first of three-game series this week. It was Laval’s first match since the 4-3 win against the Marlies April 10th. Belleville is coming off three road victories against Stockton.  

Good news for Joel Bouchard as he was able to insert Jesse YlonenJan MysakAlex Belzile, and Lukas Vejdemo into the lineup. All four missed action due to injury. 

Michael McNiven obtained the start in goal for Laval. In his last start, McNiven stopped 24 pucks in a loss against the Heat. Earlier in the day, Charlie Lindgren was recalled to the taxi squad by the Canadiens.

First Period

The Senators took advantage of the Rocket’s long layoff to open the scoring with their second shot on goal. At 2:37, Jack Dougherty’s point shot was partially blocked by Yannick Veilleux and the puck went right to Mark Kastelic for the goal from the slot. 

Laval took over the period at that point. Tobie Paquette-Bisson beat Filip Gustavsson with a wrist shot from the blue line. The goal at the 10:46 mark was Pasquette-Bisson’s first career goal in the American Hockey League. 

With 5:52 remaining, Joseph Blandisi won the face-off and passed the puck to Joel Teasdale, who beat Gustavsson with a wrist shot on the glove side. It was Teasdale’s first goal in eight games. 

Laval outshot Belleville 11-4 and was unsuccessful in their two power play opportunities.

Second Period

The Rocket increased their lead to two goals 1:01 into the second period. Vejdemo netted his first goal in nine games by redirecting Belzile’s point shot. Corey Schueneman’s assist was his first point in six games. 

Belleville obtained a two-man advantage for 1:14 when Michael Pezzetta and Gustav Olofsson were both serving minors. McNiven made some key saves during the penalty kill that helped Laval run the time out on Belleville’s power play. 

The Rocket had two of their own man advantages that they weren’t able to convert.

Third Period

Laval took a commanding lead in the third period by scoring the next two goals. Firstly, Ryan Poehling beat Gustavsson on the glove side with a shot from the face-off circle at the 5:17 mark. The goal was Poehling’s fifth goal in the last eight games. 

Secondly, Belzile intercepted Lassi Thomson’s pass and found Vejdemo open in front of the net for his second goal of the night. It was Belzile’s third assist of the night. 

Laval allowed Belleville to close the gap in the lead with four consecutive penalties in the last 10:32 of regulation time. The Senators capitalized with two power play goals scored by Angus Crookshank and Cole Reinhardt.  

With the goalie on the bench for the extra attacker, Parker Kelly beat McNiven with 1:18 remaining to make it 5-4.

What’s Next?

The victory extended the Rocket’s winning streak to three games. Laval’s unnecessary penalties allowed Belleville to get back into this contest. 

Laval travelled back home after the game, and will return to Ottawa on Thursday evening in preparation for Friday’s match against the Senators. 

Be sure to scroll down to hear post-game interviews with Belzile, Paquette-Bisson, Vejdemo, and Bouchard by the AHL Report team and other members of the media.

Plus / Minus

▲  Lukas Vejdemo, Alex Belzile, Ryan Poehling

▼  Jesse Ylonen, Joseph Blandisi

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
ROCKET   SENATORS
37 Shots 30
0 for 5 Power Play 2 for 7
14 Penalty Minutes 10
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
Rocket (20-5-1-1) 2 1 2 5
Senators (10-13-1-0) 1 0 3 4
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: Paquette-Bisson (1), Teasdale (7), Vejdemo (5), Poehling (10), Vejdemo (6)
  • BEL: Kastelic (4), Crookshank (2), Reinhardt (4), Kelly (6)
  • LAV: McNiven (W) 6-1-1-0
  • BEL: Gustavsson (L) 5-6-1-1

Stars of the Game​​

 AHL Official Three Stars
  1. Lukas Vejdemo  LAV
  2. Mark Kastelic  BEL
  3. Alex Belzile  LAV

Watch

 Video Highlights 

What Did They Say?

 Post-game Interviews

Joel Bouchard

Lukas Vejdemo

Alex Belzile

Interviews conducted for the AHL Report by Chris G

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